Cucumber Elderflower Cocktail

The most refreshing drink you will have this summer. That is all.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 oz cucumber infused vodka
    • Infused vodka:  take a mason jar and add a few slices of cucumbers, fill mason jar with vodka and place in the fridge for at least 24-48 hours.
  • Cucumber slices
  • Juice from half of a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of Elderflower Cordinal (or you can use St. Germain liquor)
  • Sparking Water or Club Soda

Steps:

  1. Muddle cucumber in the shaker.
  2. Add vodka, lemon juice and Elderflower.
  3. Add a few ice cubs.
  4. Add topper and shake.
  5. Pour into glass fill with ice and garnish with cucumber slice.

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Almond Coconut Granola

I love making my own granola cause it is so easy and you can really tailor the recipe to what you like. I enjoy mine with almond milk or sprinkle it over some greek yogurt. Comment and let you know what goodness you like to put in your granola!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups gluten free oats
  • 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 agave nectar or maple syrup (I purchase a blend from Trader Joes)
  • 1 egg white

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together except for the egg white.
  3. Whisk egg white in separate bowl and then add to mixture.
  4. Pour mixture on to cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper or silicone pad.
  5. Bake for about 45 minutes, until golden brown.

Easy Homemade Toffee

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups of Almonds
  • 1 pound of unsalted butter (4 sticks)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 bag (12 oz) of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt flakes

Directions:

  1. Chop up almonds by pulsing them in a food processor.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone pad.
  3. Sprinkle half of the almonds onto the baking sheet.
  4. In a large saucepan, over low heat add the butter, salt and sugar.
  5. Turn heat up to medium/high, stir occasionally, to melt the mixture and bring it to a boil. It is ready when it turns an almond brown color, about 10 minutes.
  6. Pour the mixture over the almonds on the cookie sheet.
  7. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top and use a spatula to spread the chocolate around.
  8. Sprinkle the remaining chopped almonds over the top of the chocolate layer.
  9. Sprinkle sea salt flakes over the top.
  10. Let it cool completely and then cut into squares.

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Champagne + Whiskey Cocktail

Nothing can go wrong with a drink that has both bubbles and whiskey, right? If you are hosting New Year’s Eve your guests will not be disappointed. If you are attending as a guest bring the mixings (shopping list below) and be the life of the party. Check out the video for steps on how to create the perfect New Year’s Eve Cocktail!

Wishing you all a healthy and happy new year!!

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 Blackberries (Raspberries or blueberries can be used as alternatives)
  • Drop of Agave Nectar
  • 1 oz Whiskey
  • Prosecco (I know I ended up using Proscecco instead of Champagne but really any bubbles will do!)
  • 1/2 of a lemon

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Watermelon Cilantro Margarita

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Watermelon Cilantro Margarita:

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Silver (Blanco) Tequila
  • 1 slice of watermelon w/ rind removed (also cut a little slice for garnish)
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh cilantro
  • Juice from 1 fresh lime
  • 1 teaspoon of agave nectar
  • Club soda
  • Margarita salt (I prefer no salt but it makes for a better photo!)
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Muddle watermelon, fresh cilantro and agave nectar in shaker glass.
  2. Add in tequila, lime juice and a scoop of ice into the shaker glass. Add top and shake well.
  3. Prep glass by rimming it with a lime wedge and dipping into salt.
  4. Pour mixture into glass. Top off with club soda.
  5. Garnish with small watermelon slice.

3 Ways to Make Deviled Eggs

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These measurements are for two eggs.

Bacon & Chives:

  • 1 tablespoon of chopped cooked bacon
  • 1 tablespoon mayo (or Vegenaise is what I use)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chopped fresh chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon of chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • Garnish with piece of bacon and chives

Classic:

  • 1 tablespoon mayo
  • 1/4 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Dash of red wine vinegar
  • Garnish with smoked paprika

Smoked Salmon & Fresh Herbs: 

  • 1 tablespoon mayo
  • 1/4 teaspoon grainy mustard (I use one with horseradish in it)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chopped fresh chives, parsley, thyme and dill
  • Pepper to taste
  • Garnish with smoked salmon and fresh dill

“Healthy” Cookie Dough Bites

These bites size desserts are do addictive. They aren’t overly sweet, which makes them really easy to pop more than just one at a time!

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of gluten free oats
  • 3/4 cup of walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of cashews
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tablespoons of coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Grind the oats and nuts in a food processor for 1 minute.
  2. Then add the honey, vanilla, coconut oil, and chocolate chips and use a spatula to mix all the ingredients together.
  3. Using a 1 tablespoon to measure, roll into balls.
  4. To Freeze: Place balls in a single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze for 20-30 minutes. Store in a mason jar or tupperware in the fridge.

Recipe adapted from Goop.